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Boom Lift For Farm Buildings
"When my son Mike started building barns 6 yrs. ago he had a difficult time setting the poles and lifting trusses. He had to do it either manually or by hiring a crane," says Albert Jacobi, Lawton, Okla., who solved the construction problem by building a compact "pull-behind-a-pickup" boom lift.
"We started work on it in my farm shop in the winter of 1985. After about two months of head scratching, we came up with a workable design," says Jacobi. The boom, made from heavy tube steel, rides on its own chassis. It comes in three sections which slip together, one end over the other, in minutes to extend it to it's maximum length 27 ft. from the ground which'll reach the peak of most farm buildings. Jacobi says it could easily be extended for longer lifts.
"It will lift about 1,200 lbs. with the longest extension in place, more than enough for most trusses. With no extentions in place it'll lift 4,000 lbs. It's extremely maneuverable, and moves easily up and down witha pair of 3-in. hydraulic cylinders. Folds flat for transport. My son has used it for 2 yrs. and is very satisfied," says Jacobi, who's looking for a manufacturer to build the boom lift.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Albert Jacobi, Rt. 1, Box 120, Lawton, Okla. 73501 (ph 405 365-4341).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #3